Ivan Rabb put on a show at the seventh annual NorCal Tip Off Classic on Nov. 30 at Newark Memorial High School.
Rabb, the highly touted 6-foot-10 junior forward out of Bishop O'Dowd High, was on his game from the get-go of a 90-76 win over Bullard-Fresno.
Ranked No. 3 in the ESPN.com Class of 2015 national rankings, Rabb scored 11 points in the first five minutes that included three dunks -- one a reverse. He would go on to score 16 in the first half en route to a game-high 28. Rabb also had 15 rebounds and four blocks.
But if you thought Rabb was the only person on this O'Dowd boys basketball squad that can do anything, you'd be mistaken. All 11 players got into the scoring column and all 11 played a role in this season-opener for both teams.
"Coach (Lou Ritchie) makes sure we all have confidence in each other," said Rabb, who was named Player of the Game. "We expect a lot out of each other."
The Dragons couldn't have asked for a better start. Their up-tempo offense was unstoppable and on defense they were completely smothering. They got off to a 14-0 start that led to a timeout by Bullard. They would go on to finish the first quarter with a 21-7 lead.
"Yeah, we got off to a good start, but we're still learning," Rabb said. "This is just the beginning of the season."
And while Rabb did his thing in the paint, the engine was being driven by point guard Paris Austin.
The 5-10 junior got to the rim nearly at-will and really opened up the game with his penetration. He was also an offensive threat with 27 points.
Bullard played without one of its top players in Austin Armstead, who has a hand injury. Meanwhile, a couple of O'Dowd players -- forward Isaiah Thomas and guard Sebastian Flores -- also sat out as they await eligibility.
But nonetheless, this O'Dowd team will have one of the more potent offenses around. The Dragons, who had a 42-31 halftime lead, erupted for 48 points in the second half -- 26 in the fourth quarter.
Bullard did manage to get to within 10 points midway through the third quarter, but O'Dowd turned on the jets and went on a 12-2 run to take a 60-40 lead with 2:19 left that all but sealed the game.
O'Dowd, coming off a 26-4 season that ended in the first round of the Open Division Northern California regional playoffs last year, is seeking to have a deeper run this season and they can rely on last year's experience this season.
"That experience is important because we know what to expect when we get there," Rabb said.
CIF state championships: With Sophia Mills, Sophie Reynolds and Skyler Liu leading the way, Piedmont placed fourth as a team in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV girls state championship race on Nov. 30 with a score of 204.
Mills led the Highlanders with a 24th-place finish and a time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds for the 3.1 mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno. Reynolds and Liu also finished in the top 50 of the 207-runner race -- Reynolds was 42th (19:42) and Liu was 50th (19:52).
Piedmont's final two scorers were Emma Seevak (80th, 20:28) and Addie MacCracken (91st, 20:35). The Highlanders were tied with JSerra-San Juan Capistrano after five scorers, but Annika Heuser, Piedmont's No. 6 runner, finished 10 spots ahead of JSerra's No. 6 runner to break the tie.
Behind top-30 finishes from Colin Burke and Andrew Melendez, Bishop O'Dowd placed ninth as a team in the Division IV boys championship race with a score of 249. Burke finished 17th in 15:50 and Melendez was 30th in 16:04. Other top-100 finishes for the Dragons boys squad included Sean Burke (86th, 16:50) and Tan Johannsen (97th, 16:57).
Bishop O'Dowd also placed 12th as a team in the Division III girls championship race with a score of 307. Julia Cooke (56th, 19:30), Jourdan Amen (63rd, 19:38), Emily Fieberling (65th, 19:40) and Alyssa Byer (76th, 19:48) were all among the top 100 finishers in the race for Bishop O'Dowd.
In the Division V boys championship race, College Prep's squad placed 14th with a score of 318. It was paced by Alex Glavin (24th, 16:45), Tristram Dodge (46th, 17:12) and Matthew Romer (72nd, 17:38).
Also in the Division V boys championship race, Head-Royce junior Christopher Boranian was 41st in 17:06. In the Division V girls championship race, College Prep freshman Maya Zimmerman was 72nd in 21:08.
Led by Marayne Martin-Field's 167th-place finish in 20:36, Skyline's team placed 23rd in the Division I girls race with a score of 759. Oakland Tech, paced by a 180th-place finish by Adam Gardere (17:53), was 23rd as a team in the Division I boys race with a score of 779.
-- Phil Jensen